THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to lower the fare of Cavite and Batangas-bound buses.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino filed a petition before the LTFRB seeking for the reduction of transit fares of public utility buses plying Cavite and Batangas to and from the Metro Manila Southwest Integrated Terminal.
According to Tolentino, provincial buses, by using the interim integrated terminal starting August 6, would be able to save at least P2.9 million in operational expenses, particularly from the terminals they are presently renting.
“Once the integrated terminal is operational, the route distance of the buses would be reduced, which means lesser gas consumption,” he added.
Tolentino said that it is only just that bus companies trim down their fare by eight percent of the current fare they are charging the public.
He and four private citizens Ligaya Cagurangan, Rosita dela Cruz, Anelita Abary, and Lilibeth Pilola, filed the petition in their capacity as residents of Cavite and who stand to be directly affected by the outcome of the petition.
The Southwest Integrated Terminal is to be inaugurated on August 6. Like other bus terminals put up by the MMDA, the terminal will also make use of the biometric-based system in which drivers are subjected to fingerprint scanning for verification before they are allowed to ply their route.
The terminal, located at Uniwide reclamation area, can handle 955 passenger buses plying Cavite and Batangas provinces a day.
The Southwest Integrated Terminal is one of the three planned integrated facilities to be set up in Metro Manila.
The two others will be located at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, and at Filinvest in Alabang, Muntinlupa.